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Microsoft Teams to have Cortana integration, other features

Inline message translation would allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages

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  • Microsoft will soon reveal new features
  • The new feature will include Cortana
  • It will work as a rival to platform Slack

With Microsoft Teams completing one year this week, the company is set to unveil new features, including Cortana integration and inline message translation for Teams — the company’s answer to business communication service rival Slack.

Microsoft's Cortana will be answer to rival, Slack.
Microsoft’s Cortana will be answer to rival, Slack.

“This week marks the first anniversary of the worldwide launch of Microsoft Teams. Today, 2,00,000 organisations in 181 markets and 39 languages use Teams,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

The added integration with Cortana’s digital voice assistance could give Microsoft an edge in its battle with Slack as the importance of voice-based computing in the workplace and within business productivity applications grows.

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“Will enable you to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices,” the company added.

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Other features that would be rolled out throughout the year include Cloud recording, background blur on video, proximity detection for Teams Meetings and mobile sharing in meetings. Inline message translation would allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages. IANS

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Microsoft to End Support for Skype ‘Classic’ Following New Desktop Release

Skype version 8.0 will also roll out on iPads

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New Microsoft Skype version for desktop is rolling out from September 1. Pixabay

Microsoft is rolling out the new version 8.0 of Skype for desktop, replacing its previously active “Skype Classic 7.0”, from September 1.

The new version of Skype comes with features like free HD video and group calls that could bring together over 24 people at once, the Skype team wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

“We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our community, adding exciting new features while ensuring it is simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0,” said the post.

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Skype version 8.0 will also roll out on iPads. Pixabay

Skype 8.0 includes message reactions, “@mentions” to send individual notifications in a group chat, a chat media gallery and an option to share up to 300MB of pictures and videos at a time over Skype.

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The video-and-voice platform plans to roll out additional features later which would include read receipts, end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text messages with hidden notifications, Cloud-based video call recordings with notification for everyone present during the call, profile invites and more.

Skype version 8.0 will also roll out on iPads. (IANS)

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